FARGO, N.D. – The rematch was no contest, thanks to turnovers, returns and four touchdowns by North Dakota State freshmen.
The four-time defending FCS champion Bison returned two of their four interceptions for touchdowns and tacked on a 100-yard kickoff return for a score in a 37-6 FCS playoff victory over Montana on Saturday, a reprise of the opening game of the Division I college football season.
"Well, that was a great dominating performance," NDSU coach Chris Klieman said. "That was as focused a group yesterday and this morning that I've seen in a while. Those guys weren't losing in the Fargodome today."
The Bison (10-2) advance to the quarterfinal round at home against the winner of Saturday's late game between Northern Iowa and Portland State.
Montana (8-5) beat the Bison 38-35 in the season opener in Missoula.